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Canada – São Paulo Cooperation in Industrial Research and Innovation 2018


Closing date for full proposals in Brazil:

December 14, 2018

FAPESP scheme:


Maximum duration of the project :

up to 24 months


Proposals must be submitted only through SAGE system


Small Business in the State of São Paulo must be associated under a collaboration agreement with a Canadian Company

Contato na FAPESP:

Patrícia Tedeschi –

Contato no NRC:

Published by NRC at:

NOTE: On November 27, 2018, the item 1 (key dates) had the dates modified.

Working together, the Government of Canada and the São Paulo Research Foundation in Brazil aim to foster and support collaborative industrial research and development (R&D) projects with high potential for commercialization. This Call for Proposals (CFP) is open to companies from Canada and São Paulo, Brazil who wish to perform joint R&D leading to technology commercialization.

Industrial Research and Development Projects should demonstrate the technological and mutually beneficial contribution of the participants from both countries as well as address specific market needs or challenges and demonstrate high industrial relevance and commercial potential.

Applicants are expected to develop ready to market solutions for products, technology based services or methods which have strong market potential.

Funding to foster innovation and technology commercialization is available for qualified Canadian and São Paulo participants. Canadian companies are eligible for up to USD 600,000 and São Paulo-based firms for up to BRL 1 million per project.

This bilateral program is managed in Canada by Global Affairs Canada and delivered in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) and in Brazil by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

NRC-IRAP and FAPESP will evaluate the submitted proposals and communicate the results within approximately 3 months after the call for proposals deadline has passed.

Announcing the SECOND CALL FOR PROPOSALS between Canada and São Paulo:

1. Key dates & Milestones for Overall Process:


Launch of R&D Call for Proposals: August 8, 2018

Canadian Expression of Interest Deadline: October 15, 2018 (requirement for Canadian applicants only)

Full Project Proposal Submission Deadline: December 14, 2018

Notification of Successful Proposals: May 2, 2019

Executed Funding Agreement and Project Start: beginning in July 2019

2. Eligibility

Proposals must be collaboratively prepared and submitted by companies in Canada and in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, according to the following eligibility criteria:

a. Canada:

• Be incorporated, profit-oriented small and medium-sized enterprise (SME), with 500 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, incorporated in Canada;

• Be ready to collaborate with the São Paulo partner on an industrial R&D project;

• Be intended to grow and generate profits through the development and commercialization of innovative, technology-driven, new or improved products, services, or processes.

• Canada reserves the right to prioritize submissions that align with Canada-Brazil Joint Committee priority industry sectors (ocean science and technology, sustainable technology/green energy, life sciences, ICT, and nanotechnology).

b. São Paulo, Brazil:

• Researchers associated to a small business (less than 250 employees) established in the State of Sao Paulo.

• Be ready to collaborate with the Canadian partner on an industrial R&D project;

Note: Proposals submitted to FAPESP must follow the rules of FAPESP’s Small Business Innovative Research (PIPE), except if explicitly indicated in this CFP

Note: the following Joint Requirements also apply:

The joint R&D project should aim at the development of products/processes leading to commercialization in the global market or in Brazil. Additionally, the proposals must demonstrate all of the following requirements:

a. The products/processes to be developed must be highly innovative and with significant commercial potential;

b. The partners in Canada and in São Paulo, Brazil, must agree in advance on an IP rights agreement and on a commercialization strategy for the product or process;

c. The partners in Canada and in São Paulo, Brazil, must be capable of implementing the project and funding their respective share;

d. The project should demonstrate the scientific and technological contribution of the participants from both countries; and

e. The project must demonstrate adequate balance and significance for both partners.

3. Funding Value and Matching Funds

Selected R&D projects will be eligible to receive funding from the Government of Canada’s Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) and FAPESP in the State of Sao Paulo. CIIP is managed by Global Affairs Canada and delivered in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) in Brazil.

Funds will be provided in accordance with the national laws, rules, regulations and procedures established by each organization, and/or each jurisdiction/country. Although the individual type and value of individual contributions allocated to a R&D project may vary, one country cannot represent more than 70% of the total project budget.

FAPESP and NRC-IRAP will jointly select proposals, according to the norms, conditions and funding limits of each of the Parties, as presented at item 3.1 to FAPESP and item 3.2 to NRC-IRAP.

3.1 Funding for R&D Project Participants in the State of São Paulo

a. FAPESP will fund projects under the terms, conditions and funding limits of the FAPESP’s Small Business Innovative Research– Phase 2 in the State of Sao Paulo.

b. Funding to be granted is for Principal Investigators associated to Small Businesses.

c. Under this call, FAPESP will not fund fellowships for the Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigators.

3.2 Funding for R&D Project Participants in Canada

a. Canada will fund projects under the terms, conditions and funding limits of the Canadian International Innovation Program managed by Global Affairs Canada.

b. Canadian SMEs may receive up to 50% of their part of eligible project costs through NRC-IRAP to a project maximum of USD 600,000.

4. Submission of proposals

a. ALL: The bilateral cooperation form must be signed by the partners from São Paulo, Brazil and from Canada and submitted to FAPESP and NRC-IRAP (within the published deadline of the Call).

b. Applicants from Canada must register no later than October 19, 2018, by submitting the Company Profile Document (available from your NRC-IRAP Industrial Technology Advisor (ITA).

Please email the completed document to and c/c your IRAP ITA.

If not already an NRC-IRAP client, applicants should contact the NRC-IRAP office (1-877-994-4727) to have an ITA assigned to you.

The bilateral cooperation form for this call will be provided upon determination of client eligibility as per CIIP guidelines based upon the information provided in the Company Profile Document. The information collected for registration will also facilitate matchmaking and partnership development with Brazilian companies in advance of the application submission.

c. Applicants from the State of Sao Paulo are required to submit a proposal containing the items described on the SAGe System, according to the instructions on the FAPESP website The proposal must be submitted to FAPESP in English.

5. Evaluation and selection of the projects

a. FAPESP in São Paulo and NRC-IRAP in Canada will carry out independent evaluations of each joint R&D proposal in accordance with their National/Institutional Laws and Regulations.

b. A proposal will be considered selected under this agreement if both FAPESP and NRC-IRAP jointly decide to approve and fund it.

6. Publication of the Results

The partners from São Paulo, Brazil, and from Canada whose proposals have been selected will be informed of the result and the amount of funding by their respective implementing organization.

7. Contact Information


Mr. Andrew Bauder
IRAP CIIP Brazil National Program Coordinator
National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)

São Paulo, Brazil

Patrícia Pereira Tedeschi

Note: Projects involving research and development of products, processes or technologies with military and/or non-peaceful applications are not eligible for funding